What if I told you can eat whatever you want and as much as you want as long as you do just one thing? Sounds almost too good to be true, right? Well, if you follow the power of 1 then you can be on your way to eating great nutritious food in no time. The power of 1 simply means: eating only 1 ingredient foods. Let me break it down for you, if you have breakfast in the morning consisting of eggs, bacon, and strawberries you are following the power of 1. How many ingredients are in eggs? 1 Bacon? 1 and strawberries? 1 By following the power of 1, you are eating nothing but highly nutritious, natural whole foods. Now what if you were to have a bagel with egg and cheese and a coffee with creamer? A bagel has roughly about 24 ingredients in it, egg has 1, cheese has anywhere from 3 to 10 ingredients, the coffee has 1 and that flavored creamer that we all love has anywhere from 15 to 20 ingredients in it.
Now with the power of 1, you can still eat great meals by combining any 1 ingredient foods together for tasty combinations. Like your eggs with spinach, avocado, tomatoes, and onions? Then go for it. How about a great big salad with spinach, dates, strawberries, walnuts, chicken, cucumber and broccoli? Sounds great because the power of 1 still applies. But what about dressing? A nice tablespoon of olive oil will do the job nicely. With the power of 1, we are reducing all the processed, man-made, wrecking havoc on our bodies food that is responsible for most of the illnesses and diseases we have today.
Let’s take a look of what foods fall under the power of 1:
- All Fruits
- All Vegetables
- All Meat (chicken, lamb, beef, duck, pork, fish, shrimp)
- All Nuts (No peanuts)
- Beans (Beans are not considered primal but are a great source of fiber)
Whole foods equal whole body health. The more ingredients and longer the shelf life a product has, the shorter your life will be. Like I said earlier in the post, you can eat as much as you like within moderation. Obviously, if you are looking to lose weight, you want to control the portion sizes a bit. It is however, extremely difficult to overeat when you are eating all of the right foods. You do also want to eat a wide variety of the various fruits, vegetables, nuts and meats. I was always told to eat the rainbow, meaning to eat all of the different colors you can. You need to eat your reds, greens, yellows, blues, oranges, whites, purples and etc. to not only have a well-balanced diet but to also get all of the essential vitamins and minerals all of the different colors have to offer. Not one fruit or vegetable has everything you need, hence why it is important to eat the rainbow.
Note I am talking about whole natural foods. No seasonings, no spices and definitely no salt or sugar. Let’s try to get the eating under control before we start adding spices and seasoning in. Salt and sugar are two ingredients which should not be used and be avoided at all costs. Sugar especially is extremely detrimental to your body causing huge spikes in your insulin levels which in turn gets stored as body fat if not used. You get plenty of sugar from all of your fruits and a lot of your meat will have all the salt you would need as well. Once, we get the eating under control you can start experimenting with various spices. I particularly love pepper, cumin, chili powder, red cayenne pepper and turmeric.
Try to start implementing the power of 1 as soon as you can. Next time you go to the grocery store, keep the power of 1 in mind and load up on all the fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs and meats you can. Remember, when in the grocery store, you really only need to shop around the perimeter of the store, that is where all the good nutritious food is. Start thinking about your meals for the week and what you can make each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Get prepared, even if it means making all of your meals and putting them in tupperware containers on your off day. Be proactive about your meals to be proactive about your health.
The power to do this is strictly up to you. Start powering up with the power of 1.